I have a 3-year-old. I have a husband. I have a home. I have a full-time job. I do NOT have time to see movies in the theaters. Sigh.
Regardless, many months ago, I saw a segment on the Today show highlighting a choir comprised of fantastic senior citizens called the Young at Heart Chorus. This choir is now featured in a heart-warming movie called Young@Heart. I was lucky enough to see the movie en route to vacation... and was not ashamed to cry on the plane. Tears of complete laughter... and tears of sincere sadness.
I tell you this: see this movie. It's a great look at how important and how impactful senior citizens can be to our lives. This group of singers -- belting out contemporary music from Coldplay to Bruce Springsteen to The Ramones -- proves that people have something to share regardless of age. (You will never laugh as hard as I did to seeing 80 and 90-year olds singing "I wanna be sedated.")
The documentary reminds us that ALL people need to feel valued, loved and worthy. Many of the choir singers are dealing with serious health issues, and they choose to attend choir practice because they need to feel like they have something important to contribute to society.
As the movie progresses, we learn that the singers are working toward a concert in a major theater. To practice and prepare, the choir performs at a local jail, and the talent and the honesty they share had the prisoners (and me!) in tears. We also share in the sadness and angst when choir members die before the big concert... and how the compassionate and brave singers rally to ensure the show will go on.
Okay, I am gushing. But it's no secret that I have a soft-spot for senior citizens. I find them wise, experienced and valuable. See this movie, and you will agree.